The new Screen PlateRite HD 8900N series comprises the Z, S, and E models, each one designed to meet the needs of different production environments.

The top-end, high-output PlateRite HD 8900N-Z can image up to 70 plates an hour (1,030 x 800 mm plate sizes at a resolution of 2,400 dpi). The S and E models deliver 48 and 36 plates an hour respectively, with the additional capability to combine high-precision halftone dots with a 4,000 dpi output to produce photo-quality printing. 3D lenticular output mode is available on all models to support crisp 3D printing. Features such as these support high value-added printing to enhance differentiation in the marketplace.

Considerable flexibility is a strong feature of this new Screen PlateRite series. All models can handle a variety of plate sizes from 304 x 305 mm to 1,165 x 950 mm making it ideal to support a wide range of offset presses. In addition, a new autoloader design features improved operability and flexibility. The ability to load plates during continuous exposure, results in increased production volumes and the ability to keep pace with the needs of multiple jobs and high-speed presses.

The PlateRite HD 8900N series has been developed with the goal of minimising energy use and environmental impact. Energy use during operation has been cut by up to 43%, and a power-saving mode allows energy savings of up to 88% during idling. Together these savings greatly strengthen the environmental credentials of the PlateRite HD 8900 series.


High-speed output of up to 70 plates per hour

The high-end PlateRite HD 8900N-Z features a 1,024-channel imaging head that utilizes GLV™ technology. This enables output of more than 65 plates per hour,*1 allowing a single PlateRite HD 8900N-Z to replace multiple CtP recorders in an existing line. Processing is easier to manage and running costs and liquid waste are lower than ever.
The PlateRite HD 8900N-Z delivers the almost instantaneous response required for today’s small lots and ultra-short deadlines, providing a new level of added value for clients. The S and E models also feature a 512-channel imaging head,with respective throughput of up to 48 and 36 plates per hour.
*1 At 2,400 dpi, with 1,030 x 800 mm (40.5" x 31.5") plates.

Variety of plate sizes for different presses

The PlateRite HD 8900N series supports plates ranging from 304 x 305 mm (12.0" x 12.1") to 1,165 x 950 mm (45.8" x 37.4"). Compatibility with 6-mm leading and tailing edge clamps also enables output from a wider variety of presses. Simplified plate setting further improves operating ratios, boosting the productivity delivered by the series' high-speed output.


Creation of sharper halftone dots with the latest technology

In addition to its GLV-equipped imaging head, the PlateRite HD8900N series uses screening options ranging from Screen’s unique Spekta and Spekta 2 AM/FM hybrid screening through to high-end AM and FM screening. The result is superior image quality suitable for a variety of applications at a standard 2,400 dpi resolution. Imaging quality is also more reliable thanks to an auto-focus function.

High-resolution output of 4,000 dpi

The S and E models offer a 4,000 dpi high-resolution option* that uses ultra-precise AM halftone dots. This option supports the creation of plates for extremely detailed output, including high resolution art printing and accurate reproduction of the small text sizes required for bond and other certificate printing.
* Available as an option for the S and E models.
* Under development.

Compatibility with lenticular output mode

Lenticular output mode*, which performs step exposure ideal for lenticular production, will soon be available as an option. This mode eliminates the interference moire seen with lenticular lenses and is optimal for the imaging of high-precision straight lines, such as those in bar codes. Installation of the 4,000 dpi option also enables the output of high-resolution plates for 3D lenticular printing.
* Available as an option for the S and E models.
* Under development.

Automation Autoloader maximizes productivity

An autoloader system can be installed to automate the entire plate-making process, from plate loading through imaging and transport to developing. The autoloader enables extended periods of continuous operation and significantly increases both productivity and press operating ratios.

Loading of plates during processing

The MA-L8900 allows plates to be loaded into the cassette during continuous operation. This avoids downtime when additional plates are required and maximises productivity and press operating ratios.

MA-L8900 multi-cassette autoloader

The MA-L8900 comes standard with three plate cassettes (up to five as an option) and full automation of both plate supply and cassette switching. Each cassette holds up to 100 plates*, for a maximum of 500 plates stored in the autoloader. Even if different plate sizes are loaded into separate cassettes, the autoloader flexibly switches between the cassettes as required. Loading all cassettes with the same plate size enables extended periods of continuous operation.
* For 0.3mm plates

SA-L8900 single-cassette autoloader

The SA-L8900 features a single cassette that holds up to 100 plates* as well as automatic detection and removal of interleaf paper. Its transport system only contacts the rear side of a plate, preventing damage to the sensitive emulsion side. Manual loading is also possible, giving operators the flexibility to select plate sizes as required.
* For 0.3mm plates

Remote status checking at any time

Remote monitoring system

CtP operating conditions and output history can easily be checked from a remote location via Web browser or e-mail. E-mails can also be automatically forwarded to a service centre and entered into a database for use in maintenance, repairs, and periodic inspections. This ensures the recorder remains in optimal condition at all times (support contract required).

Remote control system*

An external PC can effectively be used as a substitute operation panel, allowing users at remote locations to make CtP settings and send commands. This gives operators greater flexibility and also allows technicians at remote service centres to perform maintenance.
* Under development.

Ecology Gentle on the environment

Screen assesses the environmental impact of all its products as a form of design review. The PlateRite HD 8900N series has been developed with the goals of minimising energy use and environmental impact while maximising safety.

Energy use during operation has been cut by up to 43%.*
A new power-saving mode allows energy savings of around 88%* during idling.

* As power consumption levels are also affected by the operating environment and other external factors, the above values cannot be guaranteed.


SA-L8900 single-cassette autoloader (option)

The SA-L 8900 single-cassette autoloader can hold up to 100 plates, which makes long periods of continuous unmanned operation possible. It automatically removes interleaf paper and sends it to an external collection box just before each plate is loaded. No contact is made with the sensitive emulsion side of the plate at any stage during transport, eliminating the risk of damage to the plate. Manual loading is also possible, providing the flexibility to use different sized plates whenever required.

MA-L8900 multi-cassette autoloader (option)

The MA-L8900 multi-cassette autoloader enables complete automation of the cassette changing and plate loading processes. It is attached as an extension to the single-cassette autoloader. It comes standard with three cassettes, with each cassette holding up to 100 plates. An additional two cassettes are available as an option. The use of five cassettes enables automatic switching between up to 500 plates of five different sizes, as necessary for the job at hand. When the same size of plate is loaded in each cassette, extremely long periods of unmanned operation are possible.

Multi-bridge AT-M8001

The AT-M8001 is a multi-bridge that can connect the PlateRite 8900N series to multiple plate processors. It allows you to connect the PlateRite 8900N series to two different plate processors and then switch the transport line between them as necessary to process different types of plates at different plate processors. It’s also possible to set the transport line up in an L-shape. The flexibility to select the L-shape layout is particularly useful when a straight-line layout is not possible due to space constraints, or if a small automatic plate processor is used.

  PlateRite HD8900N PlateRite 8600N
Single-Casette autoloader SA-L8900 SA-L8800N
Multi-Casette autoloader MA-L8900 MA-L8800N
Processor bridge Built-in Bridge AT-T8001R, AT-M8001